Oakland teenager Akintunde Ahmad's story is being hailed on social media as an example of why you should never judge a book by its cover.
With news breaking of teens like Kwasi Enin and Akintunde Ahmad being accepted to several Ivy League schools, many people were proud of their success but wondered how the families would be able to afford the expensive tuition for these schools.
Well Ellen may have eased those worries for the Ahmad family. 17-year-old Akintunde Ahmad defied the odds recently when he received a 2100 SAT score, maintained a GPA of 5.0 and was accepted to multiple Ivy League schools including Yale, Brown and Columbia.
Ellen Degeneres invited the Oakland teen on her show where he revealed his plans to attend Yale University. To help him with tuition and other expenses she presented him with a $15,000 check.
Ahmad also told a story about how he decided to write an essay instead of attending a party where his brother was later shot at one night. His brother survived, but Ahmad basically revealed that hitting the books instead of the house party may have saved his life. He also keeps photographic proof of his accomplishments on his cell phone.
Kudos to Ellen for highlighting stories like this. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Akintunde